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First of two Stargate SG-1 movies set to begin filming April, 15 December 21, 2006 8:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Science Fiction, Stargate, Television.
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According to an interview he gave to IGN.com, Michael Shanks announced that the first of two Stargate SG-1 films will begin filming April 15, 2007, while the second will start shooting June 1.

The first movie will follow the current 10th season Ori storyline, and the second one will involve time travel.

The entire cast is signed up for both movies.

Movie 1 will be executive produced and written by Robert C. Cooper (who will also direct it), while the second movie will be executive produced by Brad Wright and directed by Martin Wood.

Head on over to IGN.com to check out more details and read the full interview with Michael Shanks.

Source: [tv.ign.com]IGN Interviews Michael Shanks


CBS is mulling new animated Trek December 15, 2006 1:04 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Science Fiction, Star Trek, Television.
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CBS and Paramount have apparently been considering an animated Trek series ever since the cancellation of the most recent live-action series, “Star Trek: Enterprise” (which begins its off-net cable run this January 8th on Sci Fi).

The animated series would take place in the distant future and have a darker tone.

The Trek Movie Report has the scoop.

In other Star Trek related news “Star Trek XI” appears to be on track for a 2008 release.

“He (Abrams) said work is on track to release the new “Star Trek” pic, which Abrams is overseeing for Par, in 2008.”

J.J. Abrams has staffed up his Bad Robot Productions and seems to be ready and willing to make the next Trek film a reality sometime in 2008.

[TrekMovie]CBS Considering New Animated Trek Series For The Web
[Variety]Abrams hires ramp up film, TV units

New Stargate series in development December 15, 2006 12:51 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Sci Fi, Science Fiction, Stargate, Television.
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According to GateWorld.Net, a third television series in the Stargate franchise is now in development.

The series is still early along in the concept phase, and is being worked on by the creative forces behind “Stargate SG-1” and “Stargate Atlantis”. The premise behind the show is still not yet known.

Gateworld reports that the series is not likely to be put into production until 2008 at the earliest.

“Stargate SG-1” returns in April of next year to where it will air its remaining 10 episodes of its 10th, and final, season.

It was reported about two months ago that though this will be the final season of ‘SG-1’, the series will continue on in two Direct-to-DVD (most likely) productions which should premiere in the fall of 2007.

“Stargate Atlantis” returns to finish off its third season this April, and a fourth season has already been greenlit for a as yet determined 2007 premiere.

Source: [GateWorld]Third Stargate series in development

Firefly to become video game December 11, 2006 1:30 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Firefly, News, Science Fiction, Television, Video Games.
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“Firefly”, the short lived (2002), but critically acclaimed and fan-loved Science Fiction series, will be resurrected once again (the show spawned a theatrical movie titled “Serenity” last year), but this time in video game form.

Wired.com is reporting that Multiverse has struck a deal with Fox Licensing to turn the show into a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) in the vein of Star Wars Galaxies and Eve Online.

“We see virtual worlds as an extraordinarily promising new entertainment medium,” said Adam Kline, Fox Licensing’s vice president of media enterprises in an e-mail. “We believe Multiverse can deliver an experience that will remain true to the original series, while enabling a whole new level of personal involvement for fans.”

The online game will feature many different characters, not just the central characters.

“Television series can be really good properties to turn into MMOs, because when you make a TV series, not only do you need great characters, but you need to create a full, rich, compelling place,” Bridges says. “If you’re doing science fiction, you have to really think it out and create an incredibly rich environment that is compelling in its own right, and worth exploring and going back to week after week. That’s what Joss Whedon did with Firefly.”

Multiverse hopes to have a playable version of the game ready by 2008.

Source: [Wired]Firefly Reborn as Online Universe